The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language

by David Crystal (Author)


A revolution in language publishing Superbly illustrated in colour throughout, this is the most comprehensive reference book on the history, structure and worldwide use of English ever written. Clear and accessible, the book abounds with insights into how the language evolved and how it works. All aspects of English are covered: * the history of English * grammar, pronunciation and spelling * spoken and written English * regional and social variations - accents and dialects * new words, jargon, slang and cliches * English in use - in science, law, politics, advertising, the media ...* the huge range and creativity of the English vocabulary * language in literature and language in humour * teaching and learning the language * English as a world language * the future of English Photographs, advertisements, cartoons, quotations, newspaper cuttings, poems, anecdotes and examples vividly complement the text throughout, bringing life, surprise and humour to even the most complex topics. No language student or language lover should be without this unique and fascinating book.


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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 500
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 04 May 1995

ISBN 10: 0521401798
ISBN 13: 9780521401791
Prizes: Winner of British Book Design & Production Award Winter & Co Award for Excellence in Bookbinding 1996.

Media Reviews
'David Crystal is phenomenal ... (This) is a prodigious achievement ... The book combines breadth of range, imaginative insight, deep understanding and ... is pervasively readable and stimulating.' Lord Randolph Quirk
'David Crystal's scholarship is seemingly boundless, and faultless in every respect. The result is an awesome scholarly creation, very well suited to the learning styles of our times, and an extraordinary reference and lending bargain at its price of GBP17.95.' Reference Reviews
'The Cambridge Encyclopedia of English Language (is) perhaps the most brilliant book of the past ten years...what makes it most impressive is that this stupendous work of scholarship, which combines physiology, philology and literary criticism, is, unbelievably, the work of one sole author.' Globe and Mail
'A treasure trove of information.' Good Book Guide